Dubai test runs driverless cars EZ10 near Burj Khalifa
Dubai has added yet another feather to its hat by giving a trial run to the very first fleet of driverless cars, EZ10. Known for its grand perspective and its aim of becoming the smartest city of the world, Dubai has been trying to adapt to environment friendly technologies and make itself, technically, well equipped with all the latest and eco-friendly machines.
As time comes closer to host Expo 2020, with every break of dawn comes a breaking news about something new that Dubai has achieved or is on the way of building something unique and exquisite. After inaugurating the world’s largest theme park, IMG Worlds of Adventure, and announcing the installation of Middle East’s largest inflatable waterpark, on 1 September 2016, it launched the first fleet of driverless cars in Downtown Dubai on a road stretching over 700 m.
As of now, the operation is on trial basis. The Road and Transport Authority of Dubai has been testing these driverless cars and checking how they manage to function on the roads of Dubai. Starting today, these cars will be tested on Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard road in Downtown Dubai, which is near the tallest building of the world, Burj Khalifa, and one of the biggest malls of the world, Dubai Mall.
The authorities claim that they wish to direct 25 per cent of Dubai’s total mobility towards these driverless cars. Director-general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, Mattar Al Tayer, told a local newspaper source that this is just the beginning, there are more driverless cars to be introduced on the roads of Dubai connecting one place to another. “This experiment is part of the RTA plan to test driverless transit technology under the climatic environment of Dubai. Through this trial RTA intends to educate the public about autonomous cars technology,” he said.
The EZ10 will travel at the speed of 25 km per hour, although it is capable of speeding up to 40 km per hour. These cars are also a convenient means of commuting for specially-abled as it has a ramp that allows one to easily board and get of the car. These cars will be installed in areas such as pedestrian walks and cycle lanes, for convenience of public to cover the distance of the last few miles. In other words, these cars will run in those areas where metros and bus are not easily available, but the walking distance is too long.